Psyched About Drug Abuse

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Within the war on drug abuse there is a war about how to fight the war. On one side drug abuse is considered a disease, something one just catches and not a moral failing, a character flaw. On the other side drug abuse is considered a choice, a moral failing, a character flaw, a result of selfishness and idolatry. 

The world view of the former is that drug abuse is not the user’s fault and that the problem is treated the way you would treat the flu – with medicine. Or with Psychobabble, which is human centric.  

The Greek root of psychology is psyche, which means “soul”.    So, the term “psychology” is essentially Christian, Biblical. The problem in our culture is the influence of Darwin with the origin of species – that we are just a higher form of animal and are driven by instincts, and therefore cannot make moral decisions.  The lack of Biblical absolutes is another problem with the disease model world view of drug abuse. This moral failing is often called “substance abuse disorder.”  In a word, the term “psychology” has been bastardized by secular psychology. 

A relatively recent trend in psychology is cognitive behavioral therapy. It’s basically a model, where the client experiments with ideas he/she has.  In a given situation, thoughts are acted out, outcomes are examined, and making a new plan, Stan is considered.  There are no absolutes, no a priori principles, which are found in the Bible. 

Cognitive behavioral therapy is one tool used by the mental health hustlers at the Penndel Mental Health Center in Bucks County, PA.  I’m told that the center doesn’t have enough counselors to satisfy the demand of “clients.”  A program in Bucks County, where recruiters shanghai homeless people into mental health treatment, with the guise that homeless people need their services, before even talking to them, was defunded. Nevertheless, the homeless bounty flooded the market.   

What the homeless (and those who are not homeless) need is counsel from pastors and other Christians. This past Saturday at a homeless meal someone noticed that someone I’ve been getting close to needed to talk with someone, as did I.  This Christian host called the pastor in. We talked and we prayed together.  Later that day the immediate problem was resolved, with some food for thought (the hosts feed the body and the soul at the meals.) 

In my recently published book on homelessness, which focuses on Bucks County, I illustrate how the faith community helps the homeless – better than does the worldly “mental health” programs. People should have a choice about their source of help. The best help comes from God and His ambassadors, as we look up unto the hills, from whence comes our help!